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Mirage, 7th Ed.
Limited: 2.34 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed July 22, 2002
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Now, on to today's
card review. This is the first creature that
gave you the ability to counter a spell. It's a
good ability, however, and this card will be
improved by a vastly superior version in
Onslaught (Kai Budde's Invitational card). It
never saw much play, but that doesn't make it a
bad card. I'll probably be playing the Onslaught
version. It's just that there have been too
many counterspells at any one time for this to
make the deck, and the fact that he's a 1/1
doesn't help either.
In limited, the
ability to counter a spell can be very nice at
times. He's also a warm body. If i were to play
7th limited, I might play him today.
The Apprentice was
an ok card in some blue decks but due to his 1
toughness he was never really big time good. In
limited he was about average. Overall playable
but nothing great.
Apprentice is one of those cards that just doesn't
make it for whatever reason. I've seen it played
in a lot of casual decks though, especially with
cards like Corpse Dance. It's playable in Limited,
but the lack of surprise value means it gives your
opponent a chance to play around it.
|Man I love this
card. One of my favorites of all time.
I top seeded a PTQ once with the Dancing
Apprentice (Daring Apprentice + Corpse
Dance). Between that and Ertai, people
weren't casting anything successfully. Later
in the game I kill with the Morphling.
Anyway, he's not that great on his own merit, but
tight in combo with other, grave-recurring
cards. I'd like to see him played with
In limited, it's a body and a counterspell, but
it's fragile both ways.
Limited - 2
Current Price - $1.95 - $2.95
have never been very impressed by this guy.
Counterspell on a stick, that can never attack,
never do much of anything. But, in Limited its a
'invest 3 mana for a later cheap counterspell'. I
doubt I'd draft these very highly. Constructed its
basically worthless, a 1.5. Limited a 2.
|Ehhh.... no. This card has some problems in it. It looks good on
paper, but otherwise, it's not all too good. With blue, this card eats
up your third turn, making your deck vulnerable, and can't even counter
on the turn he comes into play. He also leaves no room for guessing.
He is there, your opponent can see him, and they can anticipate what
you want to counter. This, they can play decoy on you, cast something
that they think you will counter, and then try and force their bomb
A 1.5 in constructed. It's not an effective counter one bit.
In limited, it's a later pick. Counters are not that frequent, and it's
not often that you will need to get into a counter war. Thus, this guy,
if you even play him, is kind of pooey. Not to mention it is a 1/1 for
3, and 1UU at that. In limited, a 1.5 as well.
never liked this card. With all the
counterspells that are available this guy just
doesn't seem worth putting into a deck in
constructed. The only creatures that counter
stuff that I ever really liked were Spiketail
Hatchling and Ertai :)
In limited this guy gets to shine a little bit.
There are less control options available to you in
this format, so getting a creature that doubles as
a spell counter isn't bad.